In short: Hard multi-terrain 10k, but well worth running In full: I found this race tough, but I had been suffering with a cold for the last week. Having set a 10k road PB 2 weeks ago I was disappointed to be 4 minutes off that pace, but agree with someone else's comments that you should expect a time 2 mins slower than your road pace.
The scenery is great, the course mixed including roads, fields, woodland tracks, metalled tracks with pot holes, and finishing on a village green. The mix of surface was interesting, but not too disruptive.
I definatley want to do it again next year in a better time. Date of review: June 4, 2007
In short: So good I will return(500 mile round trip!) In full: Was down from North Yorkshire for the weekend and found this race. It was worth every penny with lovely people tremendous organisation superb challanging off road coarse , whilst keeping a wonderfull village green charm . Date of review: June 4, 2007
In short: Great multiterrain race in beautiful countryside In full: It makes a change to be able to do a multiterrain race in the summer, and what a fantastic course this is. It's without doubt one of the most difficult 10ks I've completed, but I had a fantastic morning out yesterday. I only decided to enter on the morning of the race and am so pleased I did.
It's very undulating, with around 75% offroad. That said, as it was dry, racing flats sufficed fine and there was no need for trail shoes - even in the rutted woodland.
Great organisation (they'd even laid on suncream!) and nice prizes too.
My garmin measured the course as 10.33km BUT what does it matter on a course like this when times aren't an issue anyway?
Expect your time to be 1.5 - 2 mins slower than your road 10k pb. Date of review: June 4, 2007
In short: So it was a bit hot this year but a beautiful run In full: A superb run through glorious countryside. Mostly off road on tracks and footpaths with a few short ups but good fast downs to match. Well organised and plenty of water, especially at the finish. This was most welcome as it was very hot. Full marks to the wit who put up the "great view ahead" signs relating to Didcot power station. Nice touch. Even though I had a poor run I enjoyed it loads and hope to be back next year. Date of review: June 4, 2007